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How to Become a Comedian Blog Series - Aspiring Comedian’s Checklist

In this article, Watch Stand Up Shows to Ignite Your Comedy Passion, if you want to become a comedian, you must be familiar with the art form by watching hours and hours of stand up shows. You’ll quickly discover it’s a rollercoaster ride, yet it can be fun and rewarding if you don’t vomit.

Stand-up comedy has long been a beloved form of entertainment, drawing in audiences from all walks of life. The beauty of stand-up is that it has the power to transcend barriers and bring people together through laughter.

Whether you’re a fan of classic comedians like George Carlin and Richard Pryor or prefer the fresh and unique perspectives of today’s rising stars Taylor Tomlinson or Matt Rife, the world of stand-up comedy always has room for more funny people.

Start by watching stand up shows. With streaming platforms like Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more offering an abundance of stand-up comedy specials and TV shows, the selection is nearly endless. So, grab a tub of popcorn, sit back while you laugh and learn.


Youtube is always a quick go to for great stand up shows, clips, as well as long pieces. It’s a great source as you can find famous comedians along with up and coming, as well as no names who create their own channels. It’s fabulous as anyone can create their own fame if they have great material.

Here are some stand up shows considered the best:


Thanks to Netflix, we now have the luxury of binge-watching stand-up shows and specials to our heart’s content. The streaming giant has given comedians a platform to showcase their talent and connect with audiences worldwide. From established comics to rising stars, Netflix has a vast library of comedy content to cater to every taste.

Here are names and links to a good sampling of stand up shows:

Amazon Prime Stand Up Shows

From witty observational humor to smart and insightful social commentary, Amazon Prime stand up shows offers a delightful array of options. As stand-up comedy expands in popularity there are more and more venues that need to fill their time with stand up shows.

Here are a couple names and links to great examples of stand up shows:

HBO and Max Stand Up Shows

These are two good places to find stand up shows. There are more classic programs on HBO than anywhere else as they basically invented comedy specials.

Here’s a link to their current lineup of comedians

All-Time Best Stand Up Shows

If you’re interested in some of the all-time best stand up shows and specials, they’re easy to find on google. You may disagree that these are the best. Good! That means you have an opinion about what you like and what you don’t like. Which is the first step in deciding the style of comedian you wish to become.

To save you a bit of time, here's a list of stand up shows.

  • Bo Burnham – Inside
  • Tom Segura – Mostly Stories
  • Bill Burr – Paper Tiger
  • Doug Stanhope – Beer Hall Putsch
  • Anthony Jeselnik – Fire in the Maternity Ward
  • Ali Wong – Baby Cobra
  • Taylor Tomlinson – Quarter-Life Crisis
  • Mike Birbiglia – The New One
  • Maria Bamford – Weakness is the Brand
  • Shane Gillis – Live in Austin
  • Dave Chappelle – Age of Spin
  • Michelle Wolf – Nice Lady
  • Carlin – Jammin’ in New York
  • Pryor – Live in Concert

Greg Dean’s Famous Stand Up Shows Grads

There are many more, yet these are probably the ones you’ve heard of.

Here are some links to the stand up shows of their work:

Greg Dean Youtube Clips

Watch a few of my current student’s stand up shows and short clips from my youtube channel playlist.

More Ways to Find Stand Up Shows

Other ways to find stand-up comedy shows is by checking out these ideas:

Trending Stand Up Shows

On google, ask who’s trending in stand up shows as this will keep you abreast of the current comedian’s performances online.

Your Favorite Stand Up Shows

Search for your favorite and watch all their stand up shows. Some have a vast menu, like Dave Chappelle. While others will have a few clips and maybe a special. If you like their work, then get to know their stand up shows intimately.

SiriusXM Radio Comedy Channel of Stand Up Shows

This is a paid subscription channel. Many consider it worth the price as there’s so much great comedy. At certain times you can get it for free for a few months to check it out.


There are loads of podcasts on stand-up comedy.
Some talk about it, while others have comedians. This is a great way of being familiar with what’s currently going on in the world of stand-up comedy.

Whether you prefer the classics, with timeless comedy masters like Lenny Bruce and Phillis Diller, or enjoy the contemporary stylings of Ali Wong or Bill Burr, the world of stand-up comedy has something just for you.

With the plethora of stand up shows options available at your fingertips, laughter is never more than a click away. Discover new comedians, revisit old favorites, and let yourself be swept away by the infectious energy of live laughter.

In conclusion, with streaming platforms catering to our laughter needs, we are truly spoilt for choice. So, grab your favorite snacks and eatables, and get ready to laugh until your cheeks hurt. In the world of stand-up comedy there is room for your stand up show. Remember, laughter is contagious, pass it on.

Coming Soon

In my next article, Aspiring Comedian’s Checklist is Study Comedy Styles to Unleash Your Inner Comedian, I’ll cover the many approaches different funny people have for presenting their unique humor.

Greg Dean’s Stand-Up Comedy Classes

Greg teaches his techniques in multiple classes.  The beginner class is “Level 1 – How to Build a Stand-Up Comedy Routine”, the advanced class is “Level 2 – Advanced Joke Writing & Performing Class”. If you’re interested in faster and better ways to create good jokes and you want to dive deeper on joke writing then you’ll want to take both of these classes.

Free How to Build a Stand-Up Comedy Routine Webinar

You’ll Get Exposed to Joke Structure and Several Other Stand Up Comedy Techniques that Could Make Your Stand Up Comedy Routines Better!

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Greg Dean

Forty years ago, Greg realized that nobody was teaching comedy. Greg took it upon himself to be a stand-up comedy teacher and teach others how to succeed. Setting aside his successful career as a comedian (Saturday Night Live, Ringling Bros Circus clown and ringmaster, Comedy Store paid regular, his own improv troupe with Andy Garcia) and many others, he pursued his passion – to teach the art of stand-up.